Hummer EV chief engineer hinted at the performance potential of GMC's new truck.
The 2022 GMC Hummer is a big deal. It's not only GMC's first all-electric vehicle but it's one of a new breed of insanely powerful all-electric super trucks that will be a serious threat to conventionally-powered segment leaders like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. GMC has made some pretty heady claims about the Hummer's performance potential, including a 0 to 60 mph time of as little as three seconds when the Watts to Freedom Mode (WTF Mode, appropriately enough) is hooked up.
However, it remains to be seen what the Hummer will achieve in real-world 0-60, quarter-mile, and top speed tests - and whether the Hummer team will chase production truck records in these aspects - but Hummer's EV chief engineer provided some insight.
Speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks, Hummer EV chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said: "I might have asked Aaron Pfau to order some Mickey Thompsons concerning that." Pfau is the Hummer EV lead development engineer, by the way. "As far as speed limits, we don't know what our limits are going to be yet," continued Oppenheiser. "We don't intend on limiting it. It's going to be in the customer's hands on range, energy usage."
Oppenheiser's reference to fitting drag tires to the Hummer and the absence of a speed limiter indicates that this really could be the performance truck to rule them all. It would also give GMC's marketing department some seriously good content to play with.
Oppenheiser also confirmed that the truck will be able to complete multiple runs in WTF Mode, with no limits besides, presumably, the battery's charge. The same applies to the less hardcore Adrenaline Mode, but even here, the Hummer EV Edition will be able to reach 60 mph in just over four seconds. As a reference, the Ram 1500 TRX recently reached 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, but the 1,000-horsepower Hummer should be able to easily improve on this when it arrives.
With all this talk of blistering straight-line speed, it's easy to forget that this is still a truck, so Oppenheiser confirmed that the team will "push it as much as we can" when it comes to towing capacity. Either way, it should be a cracking machine and potentially break new production truck records - both on and off-road.